Taking naps, reading stories and finger painting are only some of the things that make preschool special. But what about the rest of it? What makes preschool really worthwhile?
Preschool is the beginning of our education. It is where we learn about numbers, shapes and letters. It’s where we make our first friends and important discoveries. But most importantly it is where we learn how to socialize. Preschool is a huge part in helping your child grow and learn early in their life.
Studies have shown that children that attend preschool enter into kindergarten with a higher understanding of math. They are able to read faster and more easily than children that did not attend preschool. They also have a stronger vocabulary and higher understanding of the world around them.
The director of New York City’s Bank Street Family Center, Amy Flynn, says “Every child should have some sort of group experience before he starts kindergarten.” By attending preschool your child learns not only reading and math, but also how to raise his or her hand, how to share and how to take turns. Learning how to compromise, problem-solve and be respectful of others, your child also learns many great socialization skills. Building their own confidence and playing with their peers early on in life helps many kids grow to find a sense of self and understanding. They grow to learn that they are capable of doing things for themselves. By learning how to become a student, your child learns how to part with mommy.
Preschool is a vital part in any childs social and academic life. It prepares them for the road ahead while not putting pressure on their small shoulders. Children start asking questions like “how does it rain?” and “how do birds fly?” With a great preschool they can learn the answers with help from their teachers, peers and even themselves.